Waiting for Chances and the New Season
Having certainty of a tour card for LPGA 2021, Klára Spilková is already looking forward to the new season of the American series. The currently 93rd player in the Race to CME Glob season rankings has returned home from a streak of tournaments overseas. For here, she plans out her rest and training, waiting for a possible start in the final tournaments of this year.
“I’m on the waiting list for all the events, but pretty down below. There is some hope, but rather little, even though many players withdraw from tournaments every week, either due to health or fatigue. It is a shame that they cancelled qualifications for all LPGA tournaments due to the pandemics,” commented the KPMG global team and the Czech Golf Team member.
Klára tried to get sponsor exemptions for the next two LPGA tournaments played on 19 November in Belleair, Florida and on 3 December, in The Colony, Texas, however, the organizers replied that the spots were already filled.
“There are always only three or four exemption places. I also registered for the US Women’s Open (starting on 10 December in Texas), but I’m, too, only waitlisted there,” explained the golf professional. She did not consider starting on the Ladies European Tour.
The statuses of LPGA players for 2021 have been frozen due to the pandemic restrictions. With her card from last year’s Q-series, Klára can practically start in all tournaments with an unlimited start list. She could also play on the less prestigious Symetra Tour, for which she has a full status thanks to her LPGA qualification.
By the end of the year, Klára plans to return to Florida in any case and considers starts in the local minitours as part of preparation for the next season to get more gaming practice. Even though she had plenty of it the autumn, it did not yield the desired results.
“I played where I could. It was about nine tournaments in the last twelve weeks. I wanted to up my position and pushed hard for results. I didn’t play badly. I felt good, swung well in training in Florida, and was super motivated for the tournaments,” Klára looked back at the autumn part of the season. “I had quite bad luck on the last two tournaments. I couldn’t make up for the two penalty shots at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Last week in Georgia, I had a bummer of a day in the opening round. The ball landed in the rough several times and twice in a divot on the fairway, from where it was still about 170 or 180 meters to the green. I played my best on the next day, but it was already too late.”
“Sometimes it just doesn’t work out right. But I know I have it in me. And I will do my best in training. I know everything in life has its reason, and I believe that my play will turn in the right direction again,” added Klára Spilková, who opened the 2020 US season with her best result ever, when she tied for the 8th place at the Gainbridge LPGA, Boca Rio in the first start of the season.